Song of the Last Place

Song of the Last Place from Gary Yost on Vimeo.

The film features guitarist Jimmy Dillon (who’s played with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sting, Santana and Bonnie Raitt) and local Marin cellist Katy Boyd, playing an original arrangement of Bach’s 5th Cello Suite “Serabande” for cello and resonator/steel blues guitar. Two musicians playing together but at two different times, invoking the spirits of the ghosts that inhabit the old nuclear missile targeting station.

The latest film is a part of a trilogy. The first two films are here:

  1. The Invisible Peak
  2. Mountains Made of Chalk Fall Into the Sea, Eventually

Gary Yost and company premiered the new film to a sold-out house at the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley recently as part of an event to show people that the restoration of that area of Mt. Tamalpais has actually begun. They’ve been working almost 5 years promoting the restoration and now it’s finally happening. These three films were absolutely instrumental in building a groundswell of support in the community to raise the funds necessary to get this project started. Here’s a little video that features some of the folks actually working on the project.

What is so amazing about this story is that this air force station is literally on the summit of the tallest mountain near San Francisco, smack dab on top of a State Park (contiguous to the busiest National Park in the country, the Golden Gate Nat’l Recreation Area) but invisible to 99.9% of the public. Because of these films, and the support they’ve engendered, the restoration of this area, once sacred to the indigenous Coastal Miwok Indians, is now happening. Funding is in place and we’re moving forward.

Films for good!  Films for change!

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